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's oil flows. lawmakers have until march the 1st to cut $500 billion from the pentagon's budget over the next decade. if they don't automatic cuts kick. in with that dangling overhead the military has had its hands tied they tell us. jennifer pentagon -- griffin is at the pentagon tonight. i know they want more money. >> that's right. it is significant in terms of the message that it sends to iran right now in a very tense time in the middle east. but it is and it is the first concrete sign that the budget uncertainty is going to have a real impact on national security. at a time when tensions are are high with iran over its nuclear program and negotiations might be coming soon, the u.s. had had a policy of having two aircraft carriers over the golf for the past two years. the uss eisenhower will deploy later this month. but it will go alone we're told to replace the uss. according to george little said facing budget uncertainty continuing budget resolution and across the board sequestration cuts made this request to the secretary and he approved. secretary of defense approved to rev
and women in uniform today as the pentagon threats pay cuts and deployments on hold, automatic cuts to the defense budget. and for america, he joins us now on the question of whether our troops are going to pay a price for washington's failure to make tough decisions. hi, pete. >> how are you doing, alisyn. >> alisyn: as you know, leon panetta is suggesting just 1% pay raise for our men and women in uniform that won't keep up with the cost of living there, what they'll have to pay going ahead next year. what do you think that would do for military families? >> well, it is a defacto pay cut and i think the military families are looking at the other side and also recently announced the civilian work force, they're unfreezing pay freezes that have happened for nonmerit paid government positions outside of the military so they're seeing salaries go up outside of the military and their salaries going down and you know what they say and i see, we see one gigantic political cop-out. that's what the sequestration debate has turned into. the president refuses to lead, no one will talk detail
with the jewelry inside. fox 5's lauren demarco has the details. >> it happened at fashion center at pentagon city earlier today. the suspects were in and out in under a minute and tonight they're still on the loose. >> we can say it's a smash and grab job. >> within a matter of seconds police say four suspects walk into this zales jewelry store, bust open a case and make off with handfuls of jewelry. police say they took 27 diamond rings. >> and approximate value of $128,000. >> surveillance video shows at least one of the men using a hammer to break through the protective glass. then all four grab what they can. officials say no employees or customers were hurt. >> no threats were made. the employe feared for their safety, so they backed away. >> it happened after 11 a.m. inside the fashion center at pentagon city. >> it's a shock to hear at 11:00 broad daylight, a lot of people. >> mall employee anthony glover says he'll be extra careful in the suspects are caught. >> they do make my a little nervous, you know. have to watch myself. >> after grabbing the rings the suspects ran for the nearest e
. joining me now is the cnn pentagon correspondent chris lawrence to talk about the tactics and the military. and how the military may have helped the police spy on this killer despite him hiding underground, also with us victor blackwell in midland city in alabama watching this unfold. victor, first, let me start with you. the standoff stretched for seven days and ended in just a mere matter of minutes. are we getting any more information from officials on why they decided to go in, how they decided to go in, and how they pulled this off? >> reporter: exactly. and this is a blend of both military science and social science. i will leave the military end up to chris. i'll tell you about the other element. we have reached out to the fbi contact, we have been speaking to this week, alabama state police, some sources who were close to the situation. we know this came down to the last 24 hours. and the fbi hostage rescue team, it's more than just the guys who go in to pull the child out. there are behavioral scientists, tactical technicians, the fbi swat, the negotiators, they are all here at th
't heard from the pentagon on the latest development. but the u.s. did confirm in 2011 this one of its unmanned drones went missing. >>> those drones will likely be one of the most heated talked points during john brennan's confirmation hearing. he's president obama's pick to head the cia. he'll face tough questions from democrats and republicans. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with a preview. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. in a written response to those lawmakers he faces later today, brennan says that those drone strikes are rare but are legal. he is defending them and will talk more about that today. he'll be asked more about that today as the top counterterror adviser for the president. the white house also releasing what had been a classified memo to lawmakers on these intelligence committees with the legal justification for why the u.s. thinks or, as the white house put, it we're doing this for the right reasons in the right way. but the ucla, privacy groups, lawmakers, even some states disagree. 11 states are trying to restrict how drones are used in their
men caught on camera monday smashing a display case inside the zales jewelry store in pentagon city stealing 27 diamond rings. >> i had seen that and when i looked up at my desk and i saw the guy heading toward me, that was the first thing i thought. they're here, same ones. >> reporter: frederick police say they're looking into that possibility. >> we're in communication with arlington pd. we're reviewing their information and showing them our information and seeing if they link up and if they do, we'll work it cooperatively. >> reporter: in both cases it appears the bandits used a hammer to break open the display cases. in today's caper the hammer was dropped and left behind, their victims left to deal with the effects of being pepper sprayed, but they're all okay physically. >> after today's heist police say the hooded men got away in derek colored suv or truck. it was a red -- a dark colored suv or truck. it was a red sedan that was seen leaving the scene in pentagon city. >>> police believe this woman robbed two banks in a matter of minutes yesterday in northwest d.c. one rob
of the boy scouts decision, the pentagon is announcing a policy shift for guy service members and partners. leon panetta expected to extend benefits to partners of personnel. it remains doubtful that medical, down theal and housing allowances are offered under the new proposal. an extension of those benefits require the repeal of the 1996 defense of marriage act. >>> here's a first look this morning at your morning dish of scrambled politics. >>> the president should be used to cameras snapping away at him in the white house. but he read a statement about the economic plan he reacted to the distraction. >> what's up, cameraman? come on, guys. they're breaking my flow all the time. >> the white house released a photo yesterday of the president working with aides on a speech. coincidentally, the chief speechwriter seen on the right is leaving the white house. he's going to be taking his writing skills to hollywood. >>> a new action figure of president obama is on sale showing him with a shotgun. perfect for skeet shooting. >>> dick morris left fox news after an amazing series of wrong predic
pentagon city mall, there arrested in broad daylight. kendis gibson joins us now with the damage left behind. >> these the business of a targeted this jewelry store here at pentagon city mall. look at the surveillance video. you can tell the new when they were doing. it was brazen and calculated. surveillance cameras catching the four men casually walking into the zles jewelry store armed in hoodies with hammers. >> somebody just ran up in zles and stole. >> the use the hammers to smash into the jewelry cases and quickly snatched dozens of rings. >> you've got to be brave. >> police officers arrived minutes after, but by then there were long gone. >> they chose that location because of the easy access to the exterior of the building where a car was waiting. >> they made off with nearly $130,000 worth of jewelry and the store remained closed for the rest of the day as they looked for clues. >> i was wondering what happened. i did not know if it was anything big. that's scary. >> for many it was scary and reason. not only was it during the daylight but with plenty of security cameras to
, the pentagon is announcing a paolicy shift fr service members and their partners. expand some benefits to same-sex partners of military personnel. new perks like issuing military i.d. cards and granting access to various spots on bases or posts are said to be included. however, it remains doubtful that medical, dental and housing allowances offered under the new proposal. an extension of those benefits would require the repeal of the 1996 defense of marriage act. >>> all right, now, for a look at weather. do we want a trough or nor'easter? depending on what side of the country you're on. >> weakest-type storm and areas in the northeast, you can get a big winter storm. anyone has any flight plans or travel across the country on friday, they want to reconsider, especially in new england. that's, again, 48 hours away. the storm coming into the west, a good deal of energy and a lot of storm system into the west here associated and link up with the storm that's going to move into new england. so, it has a little bit of a kick to it. numerous showers out here, high pressure should be a sunny morning
're less than a month away from massive layoffs and cuts in spending at the pentagon and elsewhere. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning. they call this the sequester and both signs long predicted it could harm the economy if the cuts are allowed to kick in. instead of working together to do something about it they resorted to the blame game a month before the deadline. republicans may be the party of spending cuts but on monday house speaker john boehner insisted the looming sequester was the president's idea. >> the president first proposed this sequester in 2011 and insisted that it be part of the debt limit agreement. >> reporter: unless congress acts the package of cuts worth $1.2 trillion will start to kick in march 1st, taking a $55 billion bite out of this year's defense budget and $27 billion from domestic discretionary spending. according to the congressional budget office more than 1 million jobs are at risk. defense secretary leon panetta had this warning. >> we are going to weaken the united states and make it much more difficult t
on whether to leave gays to their ranks. and on the heels, the pentagon is announcing a policy shift. leon panetta is expected to expand some benefits to granting access to various spots on bases are said to be included. however, it remains droughtful that mental, dental, housing allowances would be offered under the new proposal. an extension of those benefits would require an appeal of 1996 distance of marriage act. >>> and now for a look at the winter storm that is approaching the northeast. this one's going to be nasty, right? >> it has the potential. i have a feeling this is like the first day of school. this is the big shot a big storm in the northeast ever since november after sandy. that was a crazy nor'easter. but this is your typical midwestern storm. the moisture is starting to increase across texas with the rain and thunderstorms. we've seen that in laredo and san antonio. but this will be the rainy spot throughout the day today. over the next 48 hours we'll track this to the southeast. potentially an inch and a half to two inches of rain in this area north of atlanta. and out
smashed their way into a jewelry store at the pentagon city mall. four masked men used hammers to smash the display case after getting away in a car and smashed through a gate leaving the mall. >>> straight ahead here on the news edge, a u.s. senator defends a message. some are calling racist. >> this is a building designed for the people who help keep all of us safe. and about to open. i'm beth parker. the story coming up. >> the parade route is set for after the ravens return home. touched down at bwi moments ago. a recap ahead in the sports edge. >> and taco bell's superbowl commercial was a hit among viewers. shows senior citizens blowing off steam and headed back to the nursing home where they topped off with a meal from taco bell.  all right that's a fifth-floor problem... ok. not in my house! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! no no no! not today! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! jimmy how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? happier than dikembe mutumbo blocking a shot. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. >>> arizon
in reductions by march 1st. if not, they would shrink pentagon spending by 7.9% and domidwesting spending by 5.3% and medicare a 2% reduction. >> i believe they should pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging affects of the sequester for a few more mots until congress finds a way. >> reporter: the president wants to raise more money by ending tax loopholes, but republicans want deeper entitlement cuts. >> if we're going to connect with the american people, it's important that they see not only that we're serious about solving our debt problems. >> a studdie by george mason university estimated 448,000 jobs could be affected in d.c., maryland, and virginia. for months, defense contractors have pleaded for action. >> we would hope that congress would meet their obligations to us and to the public. >> reporter: virginia congressman frank wolf wrote to the president and speaker arguing the bipartisan plan would avoid sequestration and stop its widespread affect on jobs. >> sequestration will hurt not only the defense side bow the non-defens
level that he had been waterboarded. he had practiced at the pentagon. he had been working on this. but when he referred to containment on iran rather than prevention of nuclear weapons and had to be corrected and then corrected again, a note was passed to him, and then the chairman helpfully said to him, containment is not a policy at all. that is not our policy. that is such a critical mistake on an issue that he knew that he was going to be asked about. we knew that he was going to have to explain the, quote, jewish lobby and take that back and some of the other things. the way he did it didn't seem crisp. and then when ted cruz wheeled in the tv screen to play an al jazeera talk show and put him on the spot or how he defended israel or didn't defend israel in response to a question on a talk show, it would be like somebody saying to you or mika, joe, you were on c-span ten years ago, and what did you say to someone who called in? that was very, very tough. >> that was sort of my point at the top. >> it's interesting that you had said, mika, yesterday as we were going to a meeti
decision hasn't been made on which benefits would be included but the pentagon likely to allow same sex partner to have access to the open base commissary and other pill tear subsidized stores and health and welfare programs. pentagon rehe peeled the ban on openly gay service 16 months ago. >> now to a secret document stirring up so much controvers controversy. confidential justice department memo concludes that the government can order the killing of miles per hour citizen if his they are working with terrorists. the story tonight from abc news reporter jonathan karl. >> one count president obama has already used unmanned cia croan to strike more than 300 suspected terrorists targets. even more than his predecessor. but today we learn just how much authority the administration believes it has to kill without trial or evidence suspected terrorists. even american citizens. newly disclosed justice department document says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed if quote an informed high level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. document says it quote does not
somewhere by march 1st. otherwise, pentagon spending would shrink by 7.9%. domestic spending by 5.3% and medicare would take a 2% reduction. the president prefers an option that raises more money by closing tax loopholes. republicans want to stick with spending cuts only. a study by george mason university estimated that 448,000 jobs in d.c., maryland and virginia could be affected by automatic indiscriminate budget cuts. business leaders and local congressmen are concerned about the impact on our economy. >> and sequestration will hurt not only the defense side but the non-defense side. my committee funds the f.b.i. there will probably be furloughs at the f.b.i. there will be furloughs potentially at the national cancer institute, at nih. this thing has ramifications for defense and non-defense. >> reporter: the cuts were originally scheduled to kick in january 1st because congress couldn't grow on a broad package to reduce the deficit several times in 2011 and 2012 in excomping for republicans agreeing to raise the debt ceiling and they were pushed off again during the year-end
other americans. the pentagon never received the request from the state academy for security, and did not have the resources to get support on the ground in time to thwart the attackers. leon panetta is stepping down. this hearing is four hours and 15 minutes. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> good morning, everybody. today the committee welcomes secretary of defense, leon panetta, and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey. to testify about the department of defense's response the deadly terrorist attack on the u.s. temporary mission facility in benghazi, libya, last year. and the findings of its internal review following that attack, including lessons learned from benghazi. we will be receiving testimony next tuesday morning on the impact of sequestration and/or a full-year continuing resolution on the department of defense witnesses. there will be department secretary of defense, the comp driller and the joint chiefs of staff. i hope today's hearing with inform the committee of any changes being made or proposed to the posture of u.s.
troops to decide whether to allow gay members. >>> the pentagon is also taking steps to be more inclusive of gays. defense secretary will extend some benefits to same sex partners of military members. comes more than a year after the pentagon lifted the ban on gays serving in the military. >> president obama will try to sell democrats on his plans for immigration, gun control and the economy during a closed door meeting today. this happened in annapolis. the president's ambitious second term agenda relies on support from law makers. >>> and while the president heads to maryland. >> billions of dollars will take effect next month. without one, the district could be hit hard. melanie alnwick is live with the latest details. >> reporter: tony and allison, if you feel like we've been here before, that's because we have. a very long and frustrating game of kick the can here. seems like over and over again. these cuts were supposed to kick in january 1st. back in 2011 and 2012, congress could not agree on a broader package. that was an exchange for republicans agreeing to raise the debt ceiling
-on-one meetings can overcome any mistakes that he made. chris lawrence, cnn, the pentagon. >> the question is, is his confirmation in jeopardy? >> the democrats think they still have the votes there, but most people say hagel did not do anything to help himself. all of the reporters, dana bash reporting that they were stunned in his performance. a 7 1/2 hour hearing and it was tough. >> but it was rude at times as well, right? >> some say that senators went too far, maybe that will backfire. little to help himself. >> i read he was like a wiebel. he wobbled but he didn't fall down. >>> six minutes past the hour. when it comes to jobs, did we sprint or stumble out of the gate. we'll find out when the january jobs report comes out a little more than three hours from now. they expect to see maintained momentum, predicting 165,000 net new jobs added. up slightly from the 155,000 added in december. they expect the unemployment rate to stay at 7.8%. >> of course, christine romans here to break down the numbers as soon as they come out. that will happen at 8:30 live on "starting point." >>> for the
, not to their scout leadership. >> sounds like the pentagon will be making news on this front as well, ed. >> reporter: that's right. we're told we can expect in the next few days that pentagon officials are going to announce some benefits to the same sex couples, basically, involving service members. this will involve sort of health and welfare programs, but it's important to note that it will stop at not recognizing same sex marriages between service members and either, you know, fellow service members or civilians because of the defensive marriage act prevents the government from recognizes those marriages. >> ed henry on the north lawn at the white house. good to see you. >>> lawmakers in a few states are now considering printing or minting their own money. forget about the greenback. that's a myth. virginia has other thoughts or at least some in virginia. we won't put this on all virginia ns. utah nickels, virginia dollars? we'll take a look at it. i say we get hotty-tty-totty benjamins, but that's for later. oh this is lame, investors could lose tens of thousands of dollars on their 401(k) to hi
at the pentagon on tuesday, after which he will come back here to minot, north dakota, and continue with his new job. meanwhile, the war in afghanistan continues. more than 60,000 american service members are right now in that country fighting that war. i'm jake tapper for cnn in minot, north dakota. >>> good evening. it's hard to imagine a bigger night because it's hard to foresee a bigger winter storm than the one forecasters say could dump more than two feet of snow in parts of the country. tens of millions could be affected. thousands of flights are already canceled. we'll tell you what you need to know to stay safe and where the storm is going to hit. >>> we begin with breaking news. authorities say he's got the means to inflict mass casualties and a mission calling for precisely that. take a look. this is the man that police all across southern california are trying to find. he may now be one step closer to locating. christopher jordan dorner is his name. ex-navy reservist, ex-lapd officer with a grudge against the force. if you see him, do not approach him. get some place safe and contact
miklaszewski on duty for us at the pentagon tonight. jim, thanks. >>> it was a busy first day on the job for the new secretary of state, john kerry. and it started with a rousing welcome from hundreds of employees at the state department, and a nod to his predecessors. >> here's the big question before the country and the world and the state department after the last eight years. can a man actually run the state department? i don't know. as the saying goes, i have big heels to fill. >> john kerry, referencing hillary clinton and condoleezza rice. before that, colin powell had the job. kerry is the first white man to hold the job of secretary of state since warren christopher 16 years ago. >>> now to the 15-year-old girl who became a global inspiration after she survived an assassination attempt by the taliban in pakistan, because she spoke out for the rights of young women. her name, malala, now being mentioned for the nobel peace prize. and tonight we're hearing from her for the first time since her remarkable recovery. our report from nbc's keir simmons in london. >> today you can see
. spending cuts at federal agencies including the pentagon are said to hit on march 1st. later that month, a major funding bill expires. the debt ceiling fight will resurface in the summer. >>> new polls showing the nra's opposition to reforming certain gun laws isn't registering with the american public. according to polling, more than 90% of voters in three states say they support wider background checks for people buying weapons at gun shows. that includes voters who live in households with a gun. when it comes to the question of armed police in schools, more voters in virginia, new jersey, and pennsylvania support the idea than oppose it. the board of education in new it is town, connecticut, is requesting funding for armed police officers in four elementary schools for the next school year. in chicago, meanwhile, mayor rahm emanuel is moving 200 officers from desk duty to the streets amid the city's most violent months in decades. 42 people have been murdered this year including 15-year-old who was shot dead this week while hanging out with friends in a park. >> when any young person
. >>> police need your help finding four men who robbed a jewelry store in the pentagon city mall. this is surveillance video from that brazen robbery that happened yesterday while shoppers were in the zales jewelry store. they smashed through the display cases, stole 27 rings. the group jumped into a red car and broke through the parking garage gate. if you recognize the men in this video, call police. >>> word this morning that sunday's power outage at the superdome will not leave new orleans in the dark when it comes to hosting future super bowls. roger goodell says that 34-minute blackout won't hurt the city's chances of hosting the big game. they have not decided where it will be played 2015 and beyond. goodell is the shoeing down rumors that beyonce is to blame for the outage. he says there's no indication her halftime show was a factor in that incident. >>> joe flacco is learning how exhausting it is to be the super bowl mvp. the ravens quarterback will be in baltimore for the super bowl parade today. but he's already been to disney world and new york since winning the game
on camera smashing a display case inside the zales jewelry store in pentagon city stealing 27 diamond rings. patty herwitz is the owner of the frederick store. >> i had seen that and when i looked up from my desk and saw the guy heading toward me, that was the first thing i thought, they're here, same ones. >> reporter: the suspects have done a pretty good job hiding their faces, so no descriptions are available. >> we're in communication with arlington pd. we're reviewing their information and showing them our information and seeing if they link up. if they do, we'll work it cooperatively. >> employees and customers victimized today in frederick were treated for exposure to pepper spray, none of them hospitalized. ed. >>> two people dead after a morning fire at a house that was supposed to be vacant at a row home lounge r street southeast. witnesses say -- along r street southeast. witnesses say they could see flames across the anacostia river. firefighters found the victims inside the boarded up home both reportedly burned beyond facial recognition which may make it very difficult to ide
there including ambassador chris stevens. >>> the threat of huge budget cuts next smooth forcing the pentagon to make a drastic move this morning. defense secretary leon panetta says the number of aircraft carriers stationed in the critical persian gulf is being reduced from two to one. the decision comes just one day before the uss harry truman was to leave norfolk for the gulf. two carrier groups have been kept in the region for most of the past two years because of rising tensions with iran. >>> and we've learned the man chosen to replace leon panetta as defense secretary will not receive a confirmation vote today as originally planned. the senate armed services committee decided to delay the vote on former senator chuck hagel after demands for more information from republicans. several senators have asked for more detail of hagel's business dealings and contents of past speeches. democrats say the move is just political posturing, and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> 4:36. florida senator marco rubio will deliver the republican response to the president's state of the union ad
, if it goes into effect it's going to stay into effect. it will result in loss of jobs. the pentagon, i think last week, said that they were going to lay off 46,000 temporary workers and furlough civilian workers for a day a week for 22 weeks. this is not without effect on real people. the people who want the sequester to go into effect for a while, republicans who say, we'll deal with it, they want to hear complaints from constituents. they want pressure to be put on lawmakers to get their act together. i don't flow if that will work. because it hasn't worked so far. that's the hope. >> so far. eventually perhaps washington will get back to doing it the way it's supposed to be done. the president calling for a temporary fix. thank you r joining us. gloria borger, back in washington. as i turn things over to suzanne malveaux in atlanta. i love the language the president use, modest reforms, that means cuts in social programs, he's willing to do that in exchange for modest tax reforms, he means increases. language always interesting. tell us what's coming ahead. >> appearing reasonable and he'
. it has been happening for the last several months. meanwhile at the pentagon officials are looking at big changes in how they fight cyber terror. bob orr is in washington. >> those attacks on the "new york times" and "wall street journal" are part of a plot to crack critical systems inside of the u.s. cyber detectives traced the computer break-ins at "the new york times" and "wall street journal" to government hackers inside china. chinese deny the allegations calling them not professional and groundless but both papers say there is evidence hackers stole reporters' passwords and attempted to monitor coverage of the chinese government. newspapers are just the latest targets. sources say state-sponsored spies mostly from china every day infiltrate a broad spectrum of government and business networks inside the u.s. >> cyber, i believe, represents as big a threat to the security of this country as any one specific threat. >> reporter: at his confirmation hearing thursday secretary of defense nominee chuck hagel warned computer-based attacks could be crippling
. >> the pentagon estimates 19,000 sexual sexual assaults happened last year. >>> virgin america says they plan to begin flying between san jose and los angeles may 1. they will have four flights a day. tickets for the flights go on sale tomorrow. >>> an audit said the faa isn't moving fast enough to improve safety on smaller airlines. the faa needs to move faster on safety standards, rest periods for pilots. the change is mandated after a crash outside of new york. the audit says the faa is taking longer than expected to publish new requirements for all airlines. >>> 9 years ago today the way people communicate change forever. facebook was launched exactly 9 years ago. facebook now has a billion members who spend 700 billion minutes a month on facebook. facebook is also available in 70 languages and the company has been valued at $50 billion. >>> sports fans bet $98.9 million on the super bowl. the nevada game and control board said they made $7.3 million on a wide range of super bowl bets, 2 dozen bets related to colin kaepernick who played college football in nevada. one that lost money was
in pentagon city mall in arlington this morning. jackie bensen is live with the latest on this. of course we understand they went for the best stuff. >> that's right, wendy, they went straight for the rings, taking 27 of them, and police have noted this crime's proximity to valentine's day. the security camera videos show the suspects were determined -- repeatedly pounding the display case until it shattered enough to be peeled back. >> we had four suspects enter the store, two brandished hammered, smashed the glass casing, and at that point all four individuals started grabbing rings and stuffed them into a bag. >> reporter: the mall was open and customers were inside. loot in hand, the men ran to a nearby exit into the third-floor level. witnesses told police they jumped into a red car. it was clear from how fast they were going they were not planning to stop at the joyce street exit gate. >> from there we got reports of a red sedan shortly thereafter busting through the gates. >> police say the stolen rings had an estimated value of $128,000. no store or mall employees were injured. >> ri
in broad daylight. look at surveillance video that shows the men smashing display cases at the pentagon city mall zales store. this was yesterday. the thieves got away with 27 rings worth about $120,000. they then jumped into a red car and broke through the parking garage gates. if you recognize those men, call police. >>the princeton review ranked two virginia schools as the best value public schools in america. the university of virginia in charlottesville is ranked number one. the college of william and mary in williamsburg came in fourth. the princeton review came up with the ranking based on more than 30 factors, including tuition, room and board and financial aid. >>> the very personal question a local college is now asking applicants. >>> plus a local highway where you can go a lot faster now. >>> bragging rights for the mornings spent sitting had traffic. we're number one. how many weeks we spend on average staring at brake lights. >>> weather and traffic on the 1s is next. >>> next, apple's jumbo ipad is out this morning. what you get for a bigger price tag. >>> a major debut f
, is he worried about the pentagon cuts. he is now on the defensive. the republicans need to stand pat and say we're not going to lift a finger until you offer us alternate cuts in the same amount. >> bill: meaningful spending cuts to balance the budget. >> meaningful spending cuts. otherwise, they will go for the automatic cuts. >> bill: march 1st they kick, in right? >> only way they will get a penny of cuts out of obama. it's now automatic. all you have got to do is stand pat and do nothing. >> bill: march 1st the deadline? >> march 1st. >> bill: okay. that's coming up. charles, thank you. directly ahead, the factor has learned the fbi is actively looking into what senator robert menendez was doing in the dominican republic. we will tell you about what could happen to the senator if charges of underage prostitution are proved. later, monica crowley and alan colmes also weigh in on the political ramifications of the menendez story. those reports after these messages. >> bill: factor follow up segment tonight, there is federal law that says any american who travels to a foreign countr
. the thieves robbed the zales jewelry store at pentagon city mall yesterday. the four men smashed the display cases with hammers and stole 27 rings. they then jumped into a red car and broke through the parking garage gate. if you recognize these men, call police. >>> a group of firefighters in baltimore is happy to be waking up at home this morning. the first responders rushed to the scene of a four-alarm fire last night. this happened just before 6:00. the flames got so intense the firefighters were told to evacuate the building. as they left, the building collapsed, trapping five of them inside. the crew was rescued and rushed to the hospital. incredibly, they suffered only minor injuries. >>> richmond wants your input on how the area near the redskins new training camp should look. city council is holding a meeting to get ideas about landscaping near the camp. it comes after many of the trees were bulldozed. the city is also still trying to decide how to handle parking for thousands of 'skins fans expected to head to that facility when training camp begins. >>> we just got this in. hardy
and potentially u.s. vulnerabilities. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. she's investigating what is going on. what are you finding out, barbara? >> so far, wolf, u.s. officials aren't saying much about this. so the question is, is it iran showing the capabilities of one of the u.s.'s most secret spy airplanes? iran claims this is classified video from a u.s. spy drone. >> this aircraft has had many flights in countries around iran. in operations that have taken place in pakistan, this aircraft has provided guidance. >> u.s. officials are trying to figure out what exactly iran has in hand. in washington thursday, defense secretary leon panetta wasn't talking. >> did iran hack our drone, mr. secretary? >> most alarming will be if iran's claim is true that it dekripted a video from one of america's most secret aircraft. >> looking at the video, it certainly seems to be genuine but i think it's a give away that you can see that the video in places is masked by what looked like frames in a glass cover. >> since it captured in the drone in 2011, iran has embraced the propaganda va
is going to the other side. that said when he is in the pentagon and controls the military in that capacity, they will have to deal with him and have the same interest in common. both parties want to keep the u.s. strong and safe and chuck hagel has been through worse. believe me, he has seen much more incoming than at that hearing. >> republican strategist, good to see you. thank you. >> good to see you. >> still ahead on the saturday afternoon, the latest on the scandal around the top u.s. senator. first, on this date, an announcement that led to the moment so many had been calling for. eventually to the end of apartheid. you are watching msnbc the place for politics. but don't worry, he'll find someone else. ♪ who's that lady? ♪ who's that lady? ♪ sexy lady, who's that lady? [ female announcer ] swiffer 360 dusters extender cleans high and low, with thick all around fibers that attract and lock up to two times more dust than a feather duster. swiffer gives cleaning a whole new meaning. and now swiffer dusters refills are available with the fresh scent of gain. i just served my moth
military activity is that nobody in the pentagon would have ordered military act ship without a specific order from the president. and the president wasn't around. rick: i want do ask you both, we have about a minute and a half left. another story came out of these hearings. that is the president himself, rick, himself opposed a plan that was supported by pretty much everybody else in his administration, to try to arm the rebels in syria. what do you make of that? >> you know i think it's remarkable that his team was really recommending that we needed to do something to support what was happening there and identify the opposition, the right opposition and then try to give them some sort of military support. and the president said no. i think this goes back to exactly who he is and what he believes the inate, positive, good of people. i think he doesn't understand, the president doesn't understand, this is a dangerous world and that we need to take sides to make sure that the right people are the ones who take hold in syria. it is the same thing that happened in egypt. really the same thi
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